Saturday, March 22, 2014
Excerpt: FAE by CJ Abedi @cjabedi
Caroline Ellis' sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until Caroline begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth of her heritage is revealed.
Devilyn is the only Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him. He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.
Told from the alternating perspectives of Caroline and Devilyn, FAE draws on mysteries, myths and legends to create a world, and a romance, dangerously poised between Light and Dark.
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I walked down the hall and out of the front door to the parking lot literally fanning my face with my hand, when I saw a vending machine from the corner of my eye and immediately made my way towards it.
I put my dollar bill in the machine and pressed the button for a Diet Coke. I leaned over and pushed the door back to pull my drink out, but it was stuck.
“Great,” I muttered to myself.
I rattled the door hoping I could pull it out.
“Can I help you with that?” a stranger asked me curiously. I jumped at the sound of his voice. I hadn’t even heard him approach.
He was a very attractive guy with beautiful blue eyes and blond hair. I didn’t recognize him and figured he must be from Plymouth.
“Umm…thanks, I think I got it,” I said as I made one big tug and pulled it out of the hole.
“You’re pretty strong,” he noted.
“It must not take much to impress you,” I couldn’t help myself from saying with a laugh. “Pulling a Coke out of the machine isn’t that remarkable.”
“I guess not. But your quarterback, now he’s pretty impressive,” the stranger said. “There must be something in the Camden County water system.”
I smiled as I thought about Devilyn.
“Do you go to Plymouth?” I asked as I popped open my soda.
“Yeah, my name is Patrick,” he replied as he extended his hand.
“Caroline.” Patrick stared at my face for a moment, almost like he was looking for something. I couldn’t help but feel a bit nervous as I scanned the surrounding area. It seemed like we were the only two around.
“Sorry, I don’t mean to hover. I actually was just sticking around to meet your quarterback. He’s a phenomenal player,” he explained almost as if he sensed my anxiety. “He destroyed our team with such ease. I mean we were literally crushed out there. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“Well Devilyn is pretty impressive,” I said loyally.
“Is that his name?” Patrick asked with a big smile. “I just saw his last name on his jersey. Reilly?”
“Yeah, his name is Devilyn Reilly.”
“Do you know him?” he asked.
“Yeah, I do.”
“I don’t want to seem like a stalker, but I’d love to meet him. I’d really like to introduce myself.”
“Um, sure I guess I can arrange that,” I replied hesitantly, suddenly cursing myself for the stupidity of leaving the locker room without someone. “I’m a reporter for the paper, and I think the players are still changing, but they should be out any moment now.”
“I just wanted to ask him if he had any special training or if he went to a camp or something,” he continued. “My kid brother wants to be a quarterback, and so I would love any advice I can get. The quarterback of the Plymouth team is a little arrogant and obviously not that good.”
“I’m sure he’ll be able to answer your questions.”
I couldn’t push the strange gnawing feeling I had in my gut. There was just something off about this guy. The way he stared. The way he lingered. It was just strange. I kept myself from shivering.
About the Authors
Jasmine Abedi is an entertainment attorney, and has worked with entertainment powerhouses such as Fox, NBCUniversal, ABC, MTV and E! for the past 14 years. She has also worn many different hats in the entertainment industry, with Executive Producer credits for the television programs Posh Tots and the pilots Club Bounce (TruTV), Divas (VH-1), and Life With The Clarks (CMT). In addition to writing, she has also partnered with a law school friend to create the natural cosmetic company Generation Klean, Inc. Their products can be found online at www.generationklean.com and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide.
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